Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pinterest and the Promise of a Perfect Life!


There's something about the beginning of a new year that demands a fresh start.  Pinterest is filled with articles about organizing your life.  There are to do lists, and menu schedules, and calendars of cleaning and decluttering tasks that guarantee your life will be organized in anywhere from 30 to 365 days.  

I've been seduced by the Pinterest promise of an organized life. Not that I've done anything to create this new improved lifestyle, I've been too busy reading the posts about "How to be the Most Organized Person in the World," or "100 Gorgeous Burlap Projects That Will Beautify Your Life."  I am NOT kidding.  These are real posts!  (Full disclosure...I actually pinned the most organized person one.)

I haven't made resolutions, but I do admire people who are able to make and keep them.  I've never been able to.  I do, however, want to start this year by making some changes.  I need to prioritize my efforts and focus on what is most important to me.  I have come to realize that I miss the enforced structure of working.  I don't miss working, but I am not efficient with time because I don't have to be. Things don't get done because I can always do them tomorrow...or not at all.  I'll start walking tomorrow becomes not stepping outside the house for a week.   I do better with a routine.  So, my objective this month is to identify some weekly goals and develop a daily routine.  I'm going to give myself time every week to blog.  I hope it will once again become a habit and you'll see me post a little more regularly.  I might even update the "Welcome" message on the sidebar to reflect that I retired six years ago, not last year!

Happy New Year!  Have you set goals for this year?

12 comments:

  1. Hey there, Nana! "Things don't get done because I can always do them tomorrow" That's the beauty of retirement! And I should know - I've been not doing things for over 12 years now.

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  2. I have not made any resolutions. I did make a promise to the police department that I wouldn't mess up their payroll in 2015. I hope I can keep that one. Don't tell me that about things not getting done when you're retired! I'm planning to become Donna Reed, with a spotless house and organized closets and cupboards, if/when I retire!

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  3. Pinterest still confuses the bejammers out of me. Oh well. I wish you the best. My goal is simply to retire. I wonder if I could pin it.

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  4. Golly, maybe I should set aside some time each week for blogging.

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  5. I'm staying away from Pinterest!
    Actually I'm a very organized person and I don't need anything else to occupy my time!
    I had to laugh that you have been retired for SIX years and so, yes, it may be time to change that message and establish a pattern, if that's what you want.
    I know I feel better when I have jotted down at least one thing for each day on my planning calendar, which sits right on my kitchen counter. I do love checking things off.

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  6. Good intentions. I believe in them. I start them. I even progress in them. Then it rains or snows or a fly comes in the house and I regress. It's OK. There is always ma├▒ana. I have worked, I have taken care, I have been there for others, I have done my duty and I have always had to be organized. It is time to give ourselves a break and veg out without any goals every once in awhile.

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  7. Only one goal, to keep us healthy, concentrating on shopping, cooking, exercising and socializing.

    Wait, that's not really a change at all.

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  8. That would make me very happy, to see more posts from you. You're a good writer and it brings you right into my living room! I realized right away when I retired seven years ago that I needed a schedule, established one, and now it just flows. The only wrinkle is when there's holidays and stuff to break it. Then I almost don't know what day of the week it is! :-)

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  9. It's so nice to see your writing again! I hope you'll keep us posted on your new routines and schedule. My goal for this year is pretty much the opposite of that - to make sure I'm making unstructured time for myself so my life isn't completely consumed by the structures of teaching.

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  10. My only resolution, is to have at least one...next year!

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  11. I like your resolution to post more often this year, I love your fun blog posts! I recently did a post about my New Year resolution, which was to finally learn to do at least one craft. And I did attempt one. Then I changed my resolution to "read more books."

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  12. I'm retired four years and I just cannot schedule my days as I did when working. I think about it, or about scheduling various tasks that need doing, and then life happens and I just let it happen.

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